Kate and Emilico, Ebony and Ivory, Eldritch Abomination and Unsuspecting Meat Puppet

This article is a part of AniTAY’s Spring 2021 Early Impressions series, where our authors offer their initial thoughts on the new, prominent, and exciting anime from this season!

Taking thematic cues from 1971 period drama Upstairs, Downstairs but moving the setting to a survival horror mansion and infusing its atmosphere with existential, Lovecraftian dread, Cloverworks’ Shadows House is a very strange show to quantify. Perhaps because of this nebulous quality, the anime fandom has more-or-less overlooked this fascinating production. Understandable, considering Spring 2021’s incredibly busy season.


Behold your new blue-haired robotic overlord. She’d like to sing for you now.

This article is a part of AniTAY’s Spring 2021 Early Impressions series, where our authors offer their initial thoughts on the new, prominent, and exciting anime from this season!

The oddly named Vivy: Fluorite Eye’s Song is essentially: What if Arnold Swarzenegger’s Terminator was a teddy bear who travelled back in time to prevent Westworld by recruiting Key the Metal Idol? This is the most anime time travel AI apocalypse story. …


If you subject yourself to as much anime in as short a time as I did this season, you too can develop Terrifying Red Anime Eyes of Doom

What an epic season that was. Never before have I felt compelled to watch so many currently streaming anime episodes. At a final count I watched 24 different shows, so no wonder I feel somewhat overwhelmed and burnt out now. I think I’ll take a break before leaping headfirst into Spring 2021’s upcoming delights.

Anyway, last time I screamed my way through the anime shows that weren’t so good, whereas this time, I feel everything was worth my time. Even then, I still never managed to find space for shows my fellow writers adored, like Non Non Biyori Nonstop, Back…


Time for a second diagnosis of terminal anime pathology. I hope you’re up to date on the previous study guide, Part 1 (here). Nurse Minene will test you later, and will be very unhappy with scores less than 100%.

As before, This article is heavily based on a https://forums.animeuknews.net/ thread begun by user Dai. Without his consent and creativity, this article could not have existed. Thanks also to the other users whose edited contributions comprise much of the following article, each are credited at the end of their respective sections.


Anime characters suffer from a weird and wonderful variety of diseases, many with little resemblance to pathology in the real world. Join us on a journey through anomalous anime afflictions and pray you don’t fall ill with any of these!

Note: This article is heavily based on a https://forums.animeuknews.net/ thread begun by user Dai. Without his consent and creativity, this article could not have existed. Thanks also to the other users whose edited contributions comprise much of the following article, each are credited at the end of their respective sections.


I don’t even want to explain the context of the scene in which she makes this expression

Sturgeon’s law states that “90% of everything is crap”. Does this law hold true for anime? In this insanely packed season, where so many pandemic-delayed 2020 shows were thrown into the late-night-broadcast Death Arena, have I wasted the majority of my time watching the largest number of concurrently streaming anime shows (23) that I have ever attempted?

The answer to these questions is probably “yes”, and in this first Winter 2021 postmortem, I’ll try to spare you equivalent suffering. If you want recommendations for something good to watch, perhaps wait for my upcoming part 2. …


Note: the images for this review were captured from Funimation’s streaming platform because that’s a lot less hassle than attempting to get screencaps from blu-rays, hindered by their punishingly restrictive PC player software

SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS FOR THE TV ENDING AND MOVIE FOLLOW

So what, in the end, was all that about? If you’ve come to my review of Adolescence of Utena hoping that it will answer some of my lingering questions about the TV series’ finale, then you’ve come to the wrong place. It’s hard to describe what this movie actually is. Is it a higher budget, thematic retelling of the TV show? Sort of. Is it a sequel? Umm… maybe? Is it its own thing, separate from its progenitor? Not… really... Should you watch it without first watching the show? No. That…


With all 39 episodes of Revolutionary Girl Utena under my belt, am I any better placed to explain what the hell this series is actually about? That’s a very daunting prospect, as I feel that especially regarding this final 6-episode “Apocalypse Saga” I’d need a PhD in metaphor and symbolism to even scratch the surface. Suffice to say, this is not a show one can possibly hope to digest in one setting, let alone two. …


Remember last time when I expressed my concern that Revolutionary Girl Utena might disappear up its own rear end in the next arc? Thankfully that hasn’t quite happened, but boy does this show like to make its viewers work that much harder to parse what is actually going on, over and above the overwrought emotional teenage drama and stylised visuals.

This final blu-ray volume delves into some deep, dark and distressing territory, so if discussion about sexual/emotional abuse, incest and rape is likely to upset you, perhaps this isn’t the article for you.


Yotsugi’s feeling glum. Or maybe embarrassed. Or disappointed? It’s hard to tell.

After a break of over 8 months, I’ve finally returned to complete my journey through the seemingly never-ending Monogatari series. With this first arc from the so-called Final Season, December 2014’s Tsukimonogatari, I’m only 6 years or so behind broadcast, so I’m making pretty good time. Last time, I reviewed Koimonogatari (Love Story), which wrapped up the second season’s main arc involving Sengoku Nadeko and her ascension to snake-godhood.

DoctorKev

Physician. Obsessed with anime, manga, comic-books. Husband and father. Christian. Fascinated by tensions between modern culture and traditional faith. Bit odd.

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